snowystingray: (flash gordon - cosmic love)
Despite the fact that my life would basically be over if I somehow tragically lost everything on my computer, I'm only just now backing stuff up on my external harddrive for the first time since... err... Christmas. And some folders have been neglected even longer than that WHAT DON'T JUDGE ME -- and, awww, so much fandom nostalgia! My Legend of the Seeker folder didn't even exist back then! And my Lost folder just doubled in size! Look at all this highly fabulous stuff that is now a part of my life! Highlights version:

Cut for a lot of rather large pictures, and maybe spoilers for things that have happened in TV world for the past six months (or earlier because I'm usually really slow at saving promos/stills/etc.) )

Wow, what a productive evening this has been... off to round it off with some Star Trek novels/cartoons.
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I AM PHYSICALLY/MENTALLY/SPIRITUALLY INCAPABLE OF GETTING ANYTHING DONE THIS EVENING. So instead I will spam you with my distractions:

-Kate/Sayid fans come out of the woodwork; BETHANY REJOICES.

-Completely random vids of amazingness )

-I have also been wasting my life making pointless gifs. This just in: JONAS ARMSTRONG MAKES THE MOST ADORABLE DOOFY FACES EVER. )

OKAY OKAY I'M SEWING NOW. I... I... I really am. (Or maybe I'm going to go watch more Ivanhoe. Hmm. I was kind of slow to warm up to it, but now that I'm a bit over halfway through I'm like OMG OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING?? [I, uh, yeah -- I basically have zero foreknowledge of this text. I didn't even know Robs was actually in it, hahaha HOW UNCULTURED AM I.] Also, ugh, I'm kind of annoyed that the DVD box TOTALLY LIED to me. It says "Runtime: 150 Minutes." So yesterday I put in the first disc over breakfast, watched about 30-40 minutes, went about my day. Before going to bed I was like, hmm, I guess I can finish out the disc -- assuming it's half of the 150 minutes, then I should have less than an hour to watch, right? And yet it went on... and on... and onnnnnn... and ONNNNNNN...! I was determined to at least finish out the disc, but I finally gave up and walked into the kitchen to find that it was 1:30AM or something ridiculous. So, yeah, IMDb says? 270 MINUTES. GO FIGURE. I started on the second disc today so I'd guess that I'm about 65% of the way through.)
snowystingray: (marian)
It probably has not escaped your notice that I have been watching a ton of Lost lately. In the midst of this I also happened to check out the 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre from the library. I've had it on request for ages and it finally came through a few weeks ago... so I picked it up, got distracted by Lost, meant to watch it, didn't have a chance, got my "friendly due date" reminder yesterday, was all set to renew it online and then just watch it later in the week -- AND GUESS WHAT? "NO RENEWALS AVAILABLE ON THIS ITEM." Just dandy. Like I said, I had been waiting FOREVER to watch this mini and I hated to take it back unviewed, so... yes. I just watched the whole thing. All 311 minutes. Oh, Timothy Dalton, why do you do this to me?

Thoughts )

Do you have a favorite Jane Eyre adaptation that I should add to my immediate MUST BE WATCHED list? (Knowing you all, I'm sure Toby Stephens is probably going to win, ha. DON'T WORRY, GUYS, ALREADY ON THE LIST.) Also, all of [livejournal.com profile] hulamoth's postings are now prompting me to check out Ivanhoe (never seen/read any of it! I'm so inexperienced!). And... and... hmm, what other minis do I have next to watch? Go ahead, rec away. (Or, if you're feeling truly adventuresome, you could also rec some actual books in case I somehow magically remember how to read -- but I'm facing a mass of airplane travel next month and will most certainly need something to keep me amused.)
snowystingray: (star trek)
Two memes in one, bam!

Give me a character from any fandom I know at least fairly well, and I will tell you:

A) My OTP
B) The runner up
C) The anti-ship
D) My unpopular fannish opinion on said character
E) One person he/she never fell in love with, and why


and also

Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then re-post this and spread the love.
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Just got through with the Cranford Christmas special -- boy but that series does not cut back on the high mortality rates, does it? On the whole I don't think this was as well put together as the original but, still, high old lady hilarity all around and yay Tim Curry and yay Jodie Whittaker. Overall, though, I'm rather disappointed with Masterpiece Theatre's spring line up. Bahhhhh to Austen encore (well, I will admit that the Northanger Abbey movie was extremely adorable, but epic do not want to the new Emma mini. BECAUSE THAT'S JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDED, RIGHT?); Small Island sounds interesting, so I guess I will bide my time until April.

To continue my 2009 review, Books of 2009! )
snowystingray: (marian)
Spent my morning getting caught up on the first half of Collision, and slight spoilers, I guess, but mostly just LUCY LUCY LUCY )

I adore this girl (and her bad hair) so hard.

snowystingray: (star trek)
I finally managed to see an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series today. Final assessment? It is faaaabulous. The fact that it's effectively been purged from canon already also gives me a comforting sense of security going into it, because when/if I hit something that's not entertaining-dumb but in fact just dumb-dumb, I can pretend that it doesn't exist. Win/win! I did really enjoy the first episode, though -- maybe it's just because I'm so starved for new Trek that I'll take what I can get, but I thought it was fun and worthwhile. Brief thoughts:

- I wonder what shirtless cartoon Kirk looks like? Also, I wonder why this was literally the very first thought I had when watching?

- Ugh, Uhura is the coolest. This has nothing to do with the episode in particular, it just needs to be said.

- The transporter effect is cool!

- Wait, how are they hanging around without space suits? Do they beam with... magic bubbles now? *confused*

- How come none of the characters have whites to their eyes?

- Every time Spock runs, I just... OMG... *dies*

- The episode starts off really talky, but the plot is actually kind of interesting. Go figure! AND HOLY CRAP THE MIDDLE OF IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY SCARY. OR MAYBE I JUST SCARE EASILY. BUT. YEAH.

- OMFG SCOTTY IN DISTRESS OMG OMG *dies* *again*

- Mr. Kyle. And his mustache. Have I already said "OMG" enough times? Hmm, probably. Okay, then: LOLOLOLOLOL.

- I love that Spock is still such a bitch, and especially to McCoy.

- The bridge has a discoball. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

- Kirk's plotting face... dare I say it... OMG OMG OMG.

Anyway, yes, it was rather delightful (except for the part where it made me miss De, meep) and I plan to steadily work my way through the rest.

Other things that amuse me perhaps far too much: this recent metaquote about pre-internet fandoms. Well, mostly it just brought up all my fond memories of my Byron course, and the complete hilarity of nineteenth-century fangirls (and fanboys!). One of these days I will finally get around to reading Glenarvon, which is basically just published self-insert fanfic; ditto The Vampyre, although I have actually read that one. I find it fascinating that both works were created expressly from a place of overwhelming hatred of Byron, too, ahahaaa -- kind of like the anti-fandom surrounding Twilight, I guess, of people who despise and yet are still endlessly fascinated by and irresistibly drawn to the books. It does rather typify my own love-hate relationship with the man... although I suppose it veers much closer to hate-hate, to be honest... I've been trying to watch the Jonny Lee Miller biopic for ages but as soon as I start it I get overwhelmed with "arrrghhhh Byron why are you such an epic douche" and have to stop. But! Philip Glenister! I must continue! ...Eventually. Maybe it'll get more compelling once I get to the Caroline Lamb bits.

ETA: Oh, and one more fandom "hee!" moment, this time Lost-related. Do I really need to be cutting for spoilers? Probably not! But somehow I feel guilty about discussing anything in the land of Lost outside of a cut. )

Double ETA: Man! Why must I have so many fandoms? But but but crappy quality House S6 promo!!!
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In doing my Year in Fiction recap last time, I had the most fun -- and blew the most time! -- doing my TV post; and, as 2008 began drawing to a close, I sincerely looked forward to going through the same process again in putting together a TV of 2008 retrospective. Yet once work actually began... I. Wow. Holy balls, guys. I WATCH SO MUCH FRIGGEN TV. When exactly did that happen? Looking over my post from last year I felt a bit ridiculous about how many new fandoms I had picked up, but between now and then my list has just about tripled. Um. Err. Yeah. Oops? I apologize in advance for the rather epic nature of this post, then. Definitely not dial-up friendly. Spoilers for the most recent seasons of: American Idol, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, House M.D., Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Merlin, The Middleman, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: TOS.

Television of 2008 )
snowystingray: (star trek: ds9)
I debated about posting this now because I haven't really finished up with Deep Space Nine -- I still have to go back and watch the first season, one of the unfortunate side effects of being bound to syndications schedules -- but after watching "What You Leave Behind" this morning I've been stuck in this feeling of ending and completion and over, regardless of whether I'm technically "done" catching up with every episode or not.

Thoughts on the finale, season seven, and I suppose the series in general )

...Sorry, I know those comments stopped making sense quite some time ago, so instead I'll move on to the other story I finished today -- North and South. Spoilers for both the book and the miniseries )
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From [livejournal.com profile] dollsome

01. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
02. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
03. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

My questions )
snowystingray: (rufus)
I went to the library this afternoon to check out the next part of "Brideshead Revisited." While I was nosing around I decided to go ahead and look at some books.

Now, I know this sounds weird, but I really don't like checking books out from the library. I used to do it all the time, but within the past few years I have taken to simply buying books that I am interested in reading. I don't know when my aversion to books that have already been read started, but it is now nearly impossible for me to read books from the library. They just... I don't know.. smell wrong? I can't really explain it. At any rate, the last time I checked out a book was over a year ago because I wanted to reread "The Lord of the Rings" before RotK came out and [livejournal.com profile] irelandforever still had my copy of "The Two Towers."

The reason I decided to look at books today was because we have standardized testing at school next week. Although I will not be testing, about half of the school will, so I still have to go to school, but not to class, because that might disturb test takers, so instead I will be sitting in the gym for five hours with nothing to do but read. I thought that my birthday would give me plenty of new material, but I am getting through "Flying Colours" quicker than I expected (how could I have forgotten how much I love my Hornblower?) and after that I have "Men At Arms," which should also be a quick read. I was counting on my orders from Barnes and Noble, but my package shouldn't be here for another three weeks. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a look around and see if there was anything worth checking out to keep me amused next week.

In case any of you hadn't noticed, I have been rather preoccupied with PotO lately. It is impossible to go into any discussion about it without having numerous people rave about how fantastic Susan Kay's "Phantom" is, and how it is their favourite book on the planet, and how it was worth the $100 they paid for it. Naturally, my curiosity was peaked, especially about the ending that everybody was discussing. I'm not usually one for spoilers, but I figured that I would never be able to get my hands on a copy so I went ahead and read about how the book ended. Shock! Horror! Disgust! No, no, and no again! was my general reaction. Curiosity ENDED! No longer interested. I didn't feel like wasting my time or money on it, so I put it out of my mind.

However, while perusing the shelves this afternoon, I decided that I would check and see if they had it. I was extremely surprised to see that they had it (and extremely annoyed to see that they didn't have a copy of the original novel; not that I need one, but whatever, I'll stop rambling). I decided, what the hey? I need something to amuse myself with for twenty hours in the coming week. I guess that means I will give it a go after I finish "Flying Colours." I also checked out "Villette" because Charlotte Bronte is love and although I am nervous about stepping beyond my normal boundaries of "Jane Eyre" I have been meaning to read it for a long while.

Oh, and about "Brideshead Revisited"... They had a used VHS set on sale for $6, so my dad bought it for me. I'll probably watch some this weekend.
snowystingray: (phantom)
I just finished watching the first part of "Brideshead Revisitied," which I enjoyed. I wish that I had checked out the second part when I was at the library yesterday, but I suppose I don't really need more things to distract me from what I should really be doing right now. In fact, I haven't don't much of anything today, just a lot of laundry. I am planning to go to Miss LRHS tonight, and then after that I think I am going to see "The Phantom of the Opera." I still haven't decided about that. I do want to see it again, and this is probably the last week of its run at the local movie theatre. However, there are all sorts of crazy weirdos about in the middle of the night (yes, even crazier than people who are watching PotO at midnight) and I'm afraid that I will fall asleep while driving myself home. I would feel more comfortable if I wasn't going by myself, but I don't know anybody else who wants to see it, and, anyway, I find I enjoy the film more when I go alone. Also, I'm not sure what time Miss LRHS will be over. It starts at seven so I know I will be able to make it to the movie in time, but I just don't know how much time I will have in between the two to go home and freshen up and whatnot. Ho hum. Honestly, I don't know why I'm still debating about this, because I can almost one hundred percent guarantee you that in the end I will decide to go to the movie. Perhaps I'll just take a nap before Miss LRHS so I can stay awake this evening. The things I do for my fandom...!
snowystingray: (emmy)
I have been so incredibly tired lately. I would go to bed early tonight if it wasn't for new episodes of both "Battlestar Galactica" and "Best Week Ever" (curse you, television!). Anyway, it's the weekend so I guess I can sleep in as late as I want to tomorrow morning. Yesterday after I got home I was so exhausted that I went to bed at about 7:30. I think I need to start investing in caffeine.

Yesterday was our final A-Team competition. Yeah. It pretty much sucked. Actually, in retrospect, this entire year of A-Team has pretty much sucked. I really enjoyed A-Team a lot last year, but a combination of losing all of the seniors and our sponsor has led to a not-so-great experience this time around. I don't even know if I want to do it again next year. If we get a new sponsor, I will be very, very happy.

I went to the library today for the first time in a long while. I checked out the first part of "Brideshead Revisited," which I will probably watch tomorrow. Actually, I really don't have anything planned this weekend, so I guess I can watch it whenever. The only thing I am doing tomorrow is going to Miss LRHS because my friend Ashley is competing in it. I want to go watch "The Phantom of the Opera" again, but the only show time is 10:10 p.m. and I would get home really, really late if I went then and my mom would probably say no if I asked. It is worth a shot, though... I might ask later.

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